Pabkins’ One Liner: Oishii! Delicious -I just couldn’t get enough!
looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.
Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.
A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.
And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.
On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.
Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.
Ink stars two teenagers both with tragic pasts but is told from the perspective of Katie. Katie, still grieving over the recent death of her mother is sent to live with her Aunt in Japan. So not only must she deal with her pain but also with the stress of living in a foreign country, barely speaking the language,and with a sore lack of anything even remotely familiar.
Then there is Tomohiro, a surly teen who is no stranger to a fight and seems to constantly have rumors swirling around him. He’s a punk that runs hot and cold and you really never know what might come out of his mouth next. But of course Katie would be drawn to him – who doesn’t love a bad boy with a mysterious past?
I went into Ink expecting there to be a lot of drama and that is precisely what I got. Normally, I would say at this point, (because I’m not usually a teen angst lover) that it was just too much or not my cup of tea, but not in this case! Ink is exactly what I wanted! It was like I was watching a Japanese TV drama, and having lived in Japan for five years when I was a little girl I felt Amanda Sun got the culture so spot on! But of course she lived in Japan herself when she was younger. Also, if you like TV drama I love Japanese and Korean drama shows, I’d say give them a try!
Katie is a pushy, nosy in your face kind of girl. She definitely has an attitude and a lot of fire. I don’t know how much of her behavior can be attributed to grieving for her mom but there were times when I wondered if maybe she wasn’t being stereo-typed as the pushy American. With all that I still liked her gumption.
Have you ever known someone who got so hung up on someone that they became completely fixated? Well that’s Katie, she is so curious about Tomohiro in the beginning, and of course can’t help being attracted to him. But while trying to find out about the ink drawings moving she takes it a bit farther than I ever would have. There were a few times when she went into creepy stalker chick mode. However, I totally thought this was realistic because I’ve known a few creepy stalker chicks in my lifetime, don’t say you haven’t!
Eventually Tomohiro and Katie come together but it was a major push and pull battle for awhile there. I liked that – it made it less insta-love and more challenge. Yes, they do seem to form a bond rather quickly in some ways – but they have plenty of common group to build that base off of. Tomohiro has some extremely touching moments and I would have been suckered in myself. Plus…he’s just so damn pretty!
The power that Tomohiro possesses is fascinating. It’s deadly, and beautiful and has essentially done nothing but bring him pain and sadness – but still I can tell he loves this power just as much as he hates it. What would you do if anything you drew could take on life? Oh the possibilities. I’m agonizing that I have to wait so long for the next book.
Ultimately, Ink is about so many things loss, adapting, finding strength within yourself, choosing to live your life instead of just staying alive and love – of course love. If you can handle some teenage romantic drama and would like to see a look at it with a twist of Japanese culture – definitely give Ink a try.
If you want to get an idea of Amanda Sun’s writing style check out Shadow. This is a free downloadable prequel short story! I haven’t read it yet but I definitely plan to ASAP! Also, if you plan to read this – know there is a wonderful glossary in the back that you can use while reading. There are also marvelous illustrations through out the book to accompany the drawings Tomohiro does. This cover is simply amazing – there is even a piece at the end of the book that features information about the artist – and of course the first chapter of book 2!